Amherst: Amherst College, 1826-51. Paperback. Sizes range from 12mo to 8vo. Wrappers. 14pp, 16pp, 16pp, 16pp, 16pp, 16pp, 16pp, 20pp, 20pp, 20pp, 20pp, 23pp. Overall very good, with a few good plus only and a few near fine. Binding traces along gutters, with varying degrees of mild edgewear and edge tears, bit of age toning and occasional foxing. Item #43956
A fine grouping of early catalogues from this famed liberal arts institution, founded in 1821 and represented here with the years 1826-29, 1832, 1834-38, 1844/45 and 1850/51. Of special interest is the 1835 catalogue: Laid in alongside the list of 41 seniors is a 4¼" X 10" handwritten sheet entitled "Room-rent in the Senior Class. Also Library-tax," followed by a three-column list of 31 senior's names, the amounts of their room rent (which ranges from $5.00 to .25 cents) and for nine of them a library tax (which ranges from .50 to .12 cents). Printed pages 6-12 bear in the same hand inked notations alongside the name of every junior, sophomore and freshman recording their room rent and library tax -- a unique and fascinating behind-the-scenes record of student finances. Who penned this "Room-rent" list and the accompanying notes in the booklet is not recorded, though presumably a college official of some sort. Unique historical record of this college's room rents and library fines.